Metro mayors must support devolution agenda, think tanks says

IPPR North has called on the six elected Metro Mayors and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to unite to call for sweeping new powers over education, health and employment, with strong local checks-and-balances.

LGA unveils 10-point plan to boost local services

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on all political parties to commit to a 10-point plan to boost vital local services, build homes, create school places, close skills gaps and drive economic growth.

CAP consults on tougher standards for broadband advertising claims

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) has published a public consultation seeking views on different options to strengthen the standards around broadband speed claims.

Medway Council twitter feed hacked

Medway Council has confirmed its twitter feed was hacked, with corrupted posts including announcing an end to council tax and free parking for all.

Councils risking personal data, study suggests

Research conducted by FalconStor has found that local authorities are putting the personal data of 3.5 million citizens at risk by not having a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan in place, LocalGov has reported.

NI electronic voter registration not in place for snap election

An electronic voter registration will not be in place in Northern Ireland for the snap general election on 8 June, despite legislation being passed in December to implement the systems.

Leeds Council backs £35m stadium redevelopment

Leeds City Council has approved a proposal which would see a third-party investor provide up to £35 million to fund the redevelopment of Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Birmingham City Council awarded for new website

Birmingham City Council has been awarded official Honouree status in the 2017 Webby Awards, the leading international award honouring excellence on the internet.

SME benefiting from Campaign Solutions framework

An SME has become the first agency to secure a major campaign through the CCS's Campaign Solutions framework.

Electoral Commission enlists Snapchat app to encourage young voters

The Electoral Commission has partnered up with social media app Snapchat in an attempt to prompt young voters to register for the local government elections.

City of London invests in public WiFi

The City of London Corporation has today announced a deal to deliver a free, public access WiFi network, offering internet access anywhere within the Square Mile.

New motor racing legislation announced to boost English tourism

The Department for Transport has announced new laws which will allow motor racing events to take place on closed public roads in England, as part of a wider aim to boost English tourism.

DCMS to introduce device to block nuisance calls to elderly

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has declared that the elderly and vulnerable, including dementia sufferers, are to be given hi-tech devices which block all nuisance calls.

DfT introduces new minibuses to improve rural mobility

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that community groups across the country have been awarded funding to buy new minibuses to help keep people on the move.

Councils should consider providing free condoms to reduce STIs, says NICE

New guidance from NICE recommended that condoms should be more widely available to reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).


Event Diary

The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is being Europe’s largest business event.